MenoCheck picoAMH – the first test that can tell you how long you have until peri-menopause starts and when it will be over.
Peri-menopause to Menopause
Going from peri-menopause (when the symptoms of menopause start) to menopause (when periods stop completely) can sometimes take years. During this time oestrogen levels fluctuate dramatically and along with irregular and heavy periods, there can be a long list of other disabling symptoms - hot flushes, night sweats, sleep problems, poor memory and concentration, mood changes, reduced libido, vaginal dryness, headaches and palpitations. There are also health issues associated with the process - thinning bones, muscle loss, weight gain, urinary tract infections and an increased risk of heart disease.
Knowing when peri-menopause is likely to start and how long it will go on for if it has already started, can be invaluable. It can help you make decisions about when to start HRT, when to stop contraception, sometimes even whether to have a hysterectomy or not. It can also give you a head start on all the preventative measures available to you to help with the problems associated with peri-menopause and menopause.
MenoCheck picoAMH Blood Tests
For anyone 42 years of age and over, MenoCheck picoAMH can quantify the menopause, giving you a clinically validated estimate of when your last period will be; when peri-menopause will start and when it is over.
MenoCheck picoAMH is a recent development. It achieved FDA approval in the USA in October 2018 and is being used there widely to help clinicians and patients develop their treatment plans. It has been available here in the UK from January 2020 and is not yet available on the NHS.
It is a new, ultra-sensitive test for levels of Anti-mullerian Hormone (picoAMH) in your blood. AMH has been measured for a number of years to indicate fertility by estimating how many eggs a woman has left - sometimes called "Ovarian Reserve", but the research and laboratory methods to measure picoAMH levels to estimate the time to menopause (final menstrual period) is entirely new. This cannot be done with any of the existing tests for AMH, as to estimate time to menopause a much more sensitive testing method is required - which Ansh labs have perfected.
FSH and LH Blood Tests vs MenoCheck picoAMH
FSH, LH and Oestrogen levels are a useful indicator of the progress towards menopause once symptoms of peri-menopause start but they can be difficult to interpret and cannot be used to estimate how long you have left until your periods stop and the peri-menopause transition is over. FSH and LH levels do give a definitive confirmation once menopause is complete which can be useful and we do offer a combined MenoCheck picoAMH, LH, FSH & Oestradiol test here for those who would like to see the levels of all the hormones affected by peri-menopause and menopause.
FSH, LH and oestrogen levels are difficult to interpret during peri-menopause as they all fluctuate dramatically during every menstrual cycle. In peri-menopause cycles are often irregular and knowing where you are can be a challenge.
AMH levels decline steadily with age so they are a much better marker of the approaching menopause transition and it is only picoAMH levels that have been clinically validated to be able to be used to estimate the time until the final menstrual period and menopause.
MenoCheck.co.uk is the only website licensed to sell and administer the blood test to measure picoAMH levels. You can find our test here, it is a simple blood test that you can do yourself, or if required, use the phlebotomy kit and get your blood taken by someone else. We can help you find a professional to take your blood if you are not able to find someone to do it for you. Simply get in touch with us. Once we receive your blood sample back and have analysed it at our laboratory it will then be reviewed by our NHS registered GPs. We will then send you information on how to log into our secure online portal to retrieve your results.